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Consider a few things..... (archive)

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Posted by B. Wheaton on October 23, 2001 at 21:25:18:

In Reply to: Should i get an e30 m3? posted by L6badshark on October 23, 2001 at 20:12:38:

If you own and maintain a 14 year old L6 already, you're no stranger to high maintenance costs. The E30 M3 is no walk in the park to maintain, but if taken care of, they can be little burden and a whole lot of fun.

The $6,500 price on the M3 you found in the paper concerns me a great deal. In good shape, an '88 E30 M3 usually costs around $12-$14k. If you buy one of these babies for $6k, expect to spend another $6k on fixing everything that is wrong with it, then another $5k on top of that on mods (you said you wanted to go faster!). If you're a fix-it type of guy who enjoys project cars, this might be the one for you. If you just want to drive it with minimal hassle, this might not be the one for you.

Have a look at the information Bill posted and keep those issues in mind when you go to have a look at the car. Ask the owner a lot of questions about the car's maintenance and accident history, check the vehicle's records and get a CarFax report. If it's in good shape and under-priced, good for you. But remember, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.

Feel free to ask any further questions you might have.

Take care.

Brandon Wheaton
1989 E30 M3

Currently i drive an '87 L6, and while its fun, loud and kinda fast i want to go faster... I found an 88 M3 in the paper for $6,500 in the st louis area where i live. I have yet to see the car or drive it and i was curious if there is anything i should be cautious of... Its an 88, blk/blk 111xxx mi. Thank you if you can help!

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